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Shock at officer murder

09 November 2012


"Not seeking revenge": the family of David Black follow his coffin at his funeral on Tuesday

"Not seeking revenge": the family of David Black follow his coffin at his funeral on Tuesday

MORE than 1000 mourners, including leading politicians from the UK and the Republic of Ireland, attended the funeral service for the murdered prison officer David Black, in Molesworth Presbyterian Church, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, on Tuesday.

Mr Black, who was 52 and a father of two, was a regular worshipper at the church. He was gunned down on Thursday, as he drove to work at the high-security Maghaberry Prison.

In a statement from the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and the Irish Council of Churches, leading clerics of all the main traditions described their shock at the murder - the first of a prison officer in 20 years.

They said: "As church leaders, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of men and women like Mr Black, his Prison Officer colleagues, and all who serve the community in upholding our common good."

In his address, the Minister of Molesworth Presbyterian Church, the Revd Tom Greer, praised the Black family for their dignity and courage. "They have determined not to seek revenge or to encourage it in anyone else. They long to see justice done, but will not meet other people's bitterness and hatred with any of their own."

On Wednesday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced that it had arrested a 46-year-old man in Lurgan, in connection with the murder, and that another man was being held by Gardaí in Co. Leitrim, across the border. Two other suspects, also from Lurgan, who had been detained at the weekend, have been released without charge.


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